I don’t know about you, but in my house, we have a toy problem.
The combination of too many toys + two toddlers, means that the house is a constant mess.
What Do You Do About the Toy Mess?
Honestly, I have no idea. I wish I had the perfect solution for our toy mess, but I don’t. When you have a 1-year-old and 2-year-old, intent on dragging their toys all over the house, or dumping their toys out of their baskets as soon as I pick them up, cleaning up after them seems futile.
My stepdaughter often asks me why I clean up after the babies when we both know that as soon as I am done, they will make another mess. I have no perfect response. The truth is, cleaning up the mess, however brief it lasts, helps me feel better as a mom.
For me, and I’m sure many other SAHMs, a big mess = stress. When the house is a disaster, it is hard for me to relax and focus on other things (like quality family time). All I can think about is everything that needs to be done to get the house back in order.
Typical Living Room Mess
My Lazy Mom Semi-Solution
Right now, the only solution I have found to preventing a huge toy mess, is to keep some of the toys out of reach.
Toy Baskets Piled Atop a Corner Desk
Does keeping some toys out of reach make me a “mean mom?” Maybe yes and maybe no.
Kids are not going to play with every single toy at every single moment. They get bored easily. Holding a few toys back from the general rotation, makes those old toys seem special and brand new, when you offer them to your child at a later date.
Another Example of Toys Kept Out of Reach
What to Do Next
Keeping some toys out of reach is only a temporary solution.
With young children, having a messy house is inevitable.
As a SAHM, I am constantly reminding myself to stress less and play more. Your children won’t remember that you kept the house perfectly clean, but they will remember those times that you dropped everything and played with them.
So, even though the house is a toy mess at times, and it feels like the toys are taking over, don’t be so hard on yourself. You are still doing a great job, mama!
Readers: How do you tame the toy mess in your house? Do you have any tips to share?